2023 Applications Open!

To be considered for 2023, apply by Friday, June 23, 2023!

Andy Markwart

The Andy Markwart Horizon Award, presented by the ACN Professional Improvement Foundation (PIF), is an annual award given to an ACN member who embodies the youthful vigor, energy, passion, dedication, and creativity shown by Andy in his volunteer work for ACN for many years. Andy, the editor of The Furrow, died in 2006 from heart problems.

2021 Andy Markwart Award Recipient

Megan Schilling was the 2021 Andy Markwart Award Recipient.

Megan (center) is Chairwoman for ACN's Future Ag Communicators Committee. She's also the Agronomy and Technology Editor with Meredith Agrimedia. Congratulations Megan!

Award Criteria

The Andy Markwart Horizon Award winner must meet the following criteria and provide the following application materials:

  • Open to any ACN member age 35 and younger.
  • References. Two professional references (one from current employer).
  • Essay: 500 words or fewer that describes your interest in receiving the stipend and why you believe you are deserving, your professional goals, etc.
  • Resume

You may nominate an ACN member or apply for yourself. Nominations are not required.

Each year, the award’s winner receives a $2,000 stipend, which can be used to attend the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) annual Congress, the Agricultural Media Summit, or other professional development classes, seminars, or workshops.

The Andy Markwart Horizon Award is being funded with a $25,000 grant over five years by John Deere (Andy’s employer for many years prior to his death) and matching funds to be raised by PIF.

Click below for a nomination form or award application.


Click here to read testimonials from past Andy Markwart Horizon Award Winners. 


Congratulations to Katie Knapp, 2020 Andy Markwart Recipient Winner!

Katie Knapp brings her enthusiasm and talents to tackle any and all challenges clients put in front of her. Her creative and photo talents were especially well received.  In short, she is the kind of young alumni that emulates what Andy stood for … a talented, courageous, hard-working professional … respected in her field, and always seeking to learn more.